White Sox closer Liam Hendriks announced some good news about his health today on Instagram. “How It Started VS How It’s Going….,” the post says. “REMISSION.” After the thankful palms together emoji, it continues. “It’s official. I’m cancer free.”
Hendriks, 34, announced back in January that he would be starting treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The club didn’t provide many specifics about his expected absence in the subsequent months, but they deliberately chose not to put him on the 60-day injured list, in case he was able to return less than two months into the season. The righty himself then announced a couple of weeks ago that he had completed his chemotherapy treatment, which were clearly successful based on today’s update.
It’s a tremendous bit of good news for Hendriks, his family, teammates, fans of the Sox and baseball fans in general. Hendriks has made connections all over the league throughout his lengthy career, which has seen him suit up for the Twins, Blue Jays, Royals and Athletics, before he signed with the White Sox prior to the 2021 season. He established himself as one of the game’s premier closers with Oakland in 2019 and has racked up 114 saves since the start of that season, trailing only Kenley Jansen and Josh Hader among all pitchers in the league during that time frame.
It’s still unclear how much time it will take for Hendriks to return to game shape for 2023, but more information about that will surely be forthcoming in the days and weeks ahead. For now, the most important matter is settled and MLBTR joins the rest of the baseball world in congratulating Hendriks on his recovery.
Image courtesy of USA Today Sports.
Congrats to Liam.
Glad he is better!
What wonderful news! So happy for him and his family. It will be nice to see him back on the field, but work takes a backseat to personal health especially with a cancer diagnosis. Hopefully he feels 100% soon and can get back to doing what he loves. I’ll be rooting for him even though I’m not a White Sox fan.
If only there were games for him to save.
At least a little good news for the Sox who certainly need some. This season is rapidly falling apart already.
Thank God, I miss his saves on my fantasy team!
Best news on Thursday!
Cancer is a disgusting disease and I pray nobody has to see a love one disintegrate day after day. Way to go Liam.
The Baseball Fan
Big arm back for the sox
Big person back in his families life. Who cares about baseball
The Baseball Fan
That’s a given. Obviously I’m extremely happy for him and his family as I can’t imagine what they’ve been through. Just making a statement that the white sox bullpen sure could use this, as this is a baseball rumors sight so there’s nothing wrong with “caring about baseball”.
I agree boss. I’m a football Giants.
I don’t give a damn about the Washington football team, but I sure root for Ron Rivera. This is a baseball site. And I’m sure Liam Will be chomping at the bit!
Who cares about baseball
I’d make a substantial wager that, if you asked Hendricks, he probably cares quite a bit about baseball. The dude will be crying when he finally returns to the mound.
Awesome!! Kick cancer’s sorry a$$!!!
Lol, you beat me by a few seconds.
This is awesome news! I’m glad he kicked cancer’s a$$.
Best news this site has ever shared.
There have been some birth/paternity announcements, but yeah, I agree with you that players kicking cancer is awesome news.
Hired Gun 23
Congrats, LH…way to fight it!
Let’s goooooo!!! Great news!
What a madlad.
Great news hope he has a great season!
I don’t care WHO you play for Liam! Good for you, Godspeed and go get ’em!
Eric Olson 2
Glad this dude gave cancer the savage beating it deserves
Great news!!! F___ cancer
Fantastic, uplifting news!
Hell yeah! That picture is well timed. Glad for him
This is the type of news I love to hear!
This one belongs to the Reds
That’s amazing. God is great. That was rather quick, too!
Doctors are pretty great, too.
If God was great there would be no cancer
Good on ya mate!!
Wish the comments had been this positive and troll-free on the post about Daniel Bard’s health yesterday.
It’s honestly shocking that 99% of the comments on Jomboy social media were positive about Bard but that wasn’t the case here. Maybe something to do with the sheer anonymity of this site?
Someone give that man a save for shutting the door on cancer!!
All the best going forward LH
Outstanding news. I have never been a fan of Hendricks and his mound antics etc. but he is an outstanding pitcher and I hope he can get back on the mound soon so I get mad at him all over again…Good Luck Liam
all in the suit that you wear
Yay Science! Eff cancer!!
Fred McGriff HR
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie…
No matter what troubles you, never give in.
Sid Bream Speed Demon
Great deal Mate!
As a cancer survivor and a White Sox fan I am delighted. Great news!
Hurry back Liam, we need your attitude as much as your ability. This team is lifeless and needs an Aussie injection of enthusiasm before all hope is lost.
Congrats and see you soon at the park.
Dumpster Divin Theo
Tremendous news for Liam and Kristi. Whether you return this year or never is immaterial. An inspiration to others fighting the fight!
Fantastic. It must be a big relief to his family, friends and team. May he return to form as a player as well. #f**kcancer
I dont know this man other than seeing him on TV playing for an MLB team, but I when I seen this headline I pumped my fist with a loud hell yea!! So happy for this guy and anybody else that goes through something this serious and beats it. With so much negative news everywhere this is a nice break from it all.
Absolutely outstanding! Everybody, everywhere can be happy for this outcome. Cancer is a horrible disease which has effected honestly every single person on Earth. Can’t be happier for Liam Hendricks.
Excellent news! And it will be a great day for the WS fans when he finally takes the mound. I’d love to be there.
A great victory, but it pales in comparison to Fernando Tatis’s struggles with ringworm.
Dude is super fun to watch very passionate about his craft, awesome to see him cancer-free!
Praying for his continued recovery. Cancer is tough, I hope he takes it easy.
I‘be had Cancer twice. It really takes it out of you. So glad you’re Cancer free! Don’t expect too much from yourself, it’s a tough road back. Really happy for you and your family!!!
Love hearing and seeing this.